Slippery Dick

by Howard Pflanzer

SLIPPERY dick is a fish
Believe me
I'm not making this up
He has a long Latin name
But is commonly called by this singular appellation
He is small, round and thin
With broken stripes
Running the length of his body
Both flexible and stiff
He swims among the other fish in the aquarium
Unaware of comments by visitors
Who stare at him and snicker
Wondering if he merits his name.

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